Added by Annika L. Krugel on December 3, 2010
With temperatures as low as -20°C recorded in some places around Britain, people are encouraged to braze themselves for what could be the coldest winter for 100 years, say weather experts.
Temperatures are already the coldest on record for some 17 years and have caused havoc in the country, resulting in 57 per cent of the workforce arriving late; at an estimated cost of £1billion.
And it is not looking better for the months ahead: “It is expected that two of the three months December, January and February are likely to be in the three coldest for 100 years,” according to independent forecaster Piers Corbyn of WeatherAction.
It is predicted that up to eight inches of snow will fall in London in the next couple of days, where thousands of commuters have already been delayed due to several trains breaking down.
900 flights have been cancelled as Gatwick and Edinburgh airports closed.
The biggest Christmas Market in Europe, in Lincolnshire, was cancelled for the first time in history following 10 inches of snow that fell overnight.
Several people have been reported dead as a result of the extreme weather.
Severe weather warnings for the whole of Scotland, as well as northern England, the south and Wales continue to be in place.